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American Constitutional Elegy  

Max Cavitch

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article discusses the American constitutional elegy. It argues that American national difference in literature can be tracked in the terms of its engagement with specifically American ... More

‘Anguish no Cessation Knows’: Elegy and the British Woman Poet, 1660–1834  

Anne K. Mellor

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article addresses the female-authored elegy. By far the greatest number of elegies penned by women between 1660 and 1834 confront the loss of a dearly beloved family member or friend. ... More

“Annals of Europe and America” and Brown’s Contribution to Early American Periodicals  

Mark L. Kamrath

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
Charles Brockden Brown, who edited three periodicals between 1799 and 1809, used his experience as a novelist to engage readers on important cultural issues. His periodicals became ... More

The Book Trade, 1770–1832  

John Feather

The British book trade evolved into a fully modern industry during this period. Its modernity was signalled by more effective copyright laws, clearer divisions of labour and ... More

Brown and Classicism  

Oliver Scheiding

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
Charles Brockden Brown embraced the classical tradition in English literature, as can be seen from his many references to Greek and Roman historiographers, poets, and philosophers. His ... More

Brown and Physiology  

Stephen Rachman

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
This chapter discusses Charles Brockden Brown’s literary investment in physiology, medicine, and disease as a crucial knowledge base for his Gothic fictions. The instances of somnambulism, ... More

Brown and Sex  

Jordan Alexander Stein

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
This chapter considers the various things that sex does and can mean in Charles Brockden Brown’s corpus, with particular attention to his novels. Following on Brown’s discussion in ... More

Brown and the Novel in the Atlantic World  

Siân Silyn Roberts

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
This chapter situates Charles Brockden Brown’s Gothic and sentimental novels in relation to the broader culture of novelistic miscellany that proliferated before 1820. It considers Brown’s ... More

Brown and the Woldwinites  

Abigail Smith Stocker

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
The Woldwinites, the group of British writers centered around Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin, were a key influence on Charles Brockden Brown’s writing. From them, he drew a ... More

Brown and the Yellow Fever  

Scott Ellis

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
This chapter explores the potential causes of and responses to the yellow fever outbreaks in Philadelphia and New York during the late eighteenth century. Disrupting routines, halting ... More

Brown and Women’s Rights  

Fritz Fleischmann

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
Charles Brockden Brown’s lifelong commitment to the principles of the Enlightenment is well reflected in his commitment to equal rights for women in education, marriage, and social ... More

Brown’s American Gothic  

Robert Miles

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
This chapter argues that Edgar Huntly is the foundational text for the American Gothic, a genre that shadows American history. Noting the strange similarity between Charles Brockden ... More

Brown’s Early Biographers and Reception, 1815–1940s  

Michael A. Cody

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
The biography of Charles Brockden Brown continued to be of literary and scholarly interest after his death in 1810 and into the twentieth century. William Dunlap, one of Brown’s closest ... More

Brown’s Later Biographers and Reception, 1949–2000s  

Elizabeth Jane Wall Hinds

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
Biography and reception of Charles Brockden Brown since the mid-twentieth century was marked by efforts to canonize him and to recover primary and related texts. The first generation of ... More

Brown’s Literary Afterlife  

Ezra Tawil

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
Charles Brockden Brown’s stature among elite writers in English during the Romantic era was significant from his death in 1810 until the late nineteenth century, though it was initially ... More

Brown’s Philadelphia Quaker Milieu  

Robert Battistini

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
Charles Brockden Brown’s Philadelphia Quaker upbringing was one of many influences on his work. Over the course of the eighteenth century, Philadelphia Quakers went from a dominant to a ... More

Brown’s Studies in Literary Geography  

Martin Brückner

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
Examining the literary construction of place in Charles Brockden Brown’s fiction and nonfiction, this chapter argues that the author’s spatial imagination was representative of ... More

Brown, Empire, and Colonialism  

Andy Doolen

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
This chapter discusses the interrelationships between Charles Brockden Brown’s writings and the historical forces of colonialism and empire. Brown’s novels, journalism, political ... More

Brown, Sensibility, and Sentimentalism  

Michelle Burnham

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
This chapter surveys the treatment of sentimentality and sensibility across Charles Brockden Brown’s fiction within the historical and cultural context of the wider Atlantic world. It ... More

Brown, the Illuminati, and the Public Sphere  

Anthony Galluzzo

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
This chapter explores Charles Brockden Brown’s fictionalized depictions of the anti-Jacobin conspiracy theories that drove the Illuminati scare that gripped the United States in the 1790s, ... More

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